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“In taking up the topic of ethics and narrative inquiry, The Narrative Study of Lives rightfully establishes itself as the site where the most critical theoretical, methodological, and interpretive work on narrative in the human disciplines is now occurring. The editor and the contributors to this volume are to be thanked for their deeply probing, forward-looking analyses of the ethical problems that arise when researchers produce narratives about persons with whom close personal relationships have been formed.” --Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign “All of us who work with life-history narratives are grateful to Dr. Josselson and her colleagues for moving us step-by-step toward a discipline with definable ethics and methodology, and at the same time holding up for us the incredible diversity of ...

Narrating a Psychoanalytic Case Study
Narrating a psychoanalytic case study
Pirkko LauslahtiGraves

The psychoanalytic case study is a special form of narrating lives. It is a narrative of a dialogue in which one person, the analysand, tells his or her life story, which is elaborated by the listener, the analyst, “along psychoanalytic lines” (Schafer, 1983, p. 219). This narrative, the case study, is the most compelling means of documenting clinical findings, which form the prime ground to develop and document psychoanalytic concepts and theory. But as numerous analysts have indicated, writing a case study exposes the writer—the analyst—to several conflicting forces. Foremost is the conflict between the recognition that detailed clinical material is essential for the furthering of clinical knowledge and the recognition that publishing the material ...

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